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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4106..


Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

From the period 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2003 and based on an average daily

number of 60 remandees, the estimated percentage of drug dependent remandees at the Belconnen Remand Centre varied from 85% to 90%.

During the previous two financial years drug rehabilitation services delivered to remandees at the Belconnen Remand Centre were provided by the Corrections Health Program, ACT Health. The annual cost of these programs was approximately $242,000.

During this period the drug rehabilitation programs at the Belconnen Remand Centre consisted of the following programs:

withdrawal services including support, education and medication.

methadone maintenance

case management, assessment, counselling, education and referral

therapeutic groups for detainees and drug awareness program for custodial staff.

The approximate cost per annum for drug rehabilitation programs at the remand centre was:

$90,000 for withdrawal services

$11,000 for methadone treatment

$130,000 for case management, assessment, counselling, education and referral services

$10,000 for therapeutic groups and drug awareness training for staff.

These services were funded in part by ACT Health and in part by ACT Corrective Services. ACT Corrective Services purchased case management, assessment, counselling, education and referral services from ACT Health, Corrections Health Program.

As of July 2003, the purchasing arrangements which were in place between ACT Corrective Services and ACT Health ceased, and since this time ACT Corrective Services has provided the following services directly to remandees at the Belconnen Remand Centre and the Symonston Temporary Remand Centre:

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Educational Program

Drug Awareness Program

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Coping Skills Program

Counselling and Case Management at Belconnen Remand Centre

In addition to these services, ACT Health, Corrections Health Program, provides detoxification treatment, pharmacotherapies and general medical and mental health services to remandees.

Patients outside the ACT-payments

(Question No 953)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to your reply to Question on notice No 854:


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